- Directors: Étienne Sauret
- Producers: Étienne Sauret, David Carrara, Jeremy Rivera
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Release Date: May 28 2002
- Run Time: 40 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000067IZM
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,163 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
WTC: The First 24 Hours (9.11.2001) (Widescreen)
Beginning with a horrifying image of the North Tower on fire and ending with the haunting pictures of a debris-covered Lower Manhattan the day after, The First 24 Hours documents "ground zero" in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 with raw and powerful honesty. Intentionally devoid of any commentary or music, the images speak for themselves. The smoldering monochromatic site. The desolate and solitary streets. The ashen outskirts of New York's once-bustling financial center. A moonscape of haunting, Dresdenesque remains. Shot independently over a 24-hour period, the film not only bears witness to the terrible attack, but also offers an intimate portrait of the incredible humanity that sprung from it. This presentation contains two versions of The First 24 Hours-the expanded documentary and the original version, which began as a raw reflection of "ground zero" in the wake of the World Trade Center collapse.
I've just watched a remarkable video, WTC: The First 24 Hours, with no narration or added sound; it needs none. -- Buzzmachine.comSee all Product description
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First of all, products like this only bring up simplistic messages that we already know, so there's no need to buy it. The message is: 9-11 was a really, really bad day. WE KNOW. Skip the DVD.
Secondly, it is unethical, and in my opinion, outrageous to make ANY profit off of such a tragedy. It's like selling "I survived the WTC collapse" T-shirts. How can any decent human being accept such a disgusting capitalistic venture, even if it is "just a documentary"?
Next we come to the problem of what this DVD offers you. Insight into the problem? No. Comforting words? No. Sublety? No. Art? No. It just gives you a chance to bring up all the pain and wretchedness one more time. Just a chance for you to pop the ol' DVD in your player one night so you can say to yourself, "Yes, the world bites! That's right!" This DVD is little more than a gateway to all the negative emotions that we should be trying to avoid! We can't just ignore it - but we shouldn't obsess with the problem, we should look beyond it, to the future!
I know that people will say, "This is a documentary." They'll try to pretend that it means something more than it does. But it doesn't! History will be written with or without a simple DVD. If you really, really want to remind yourself of pain and tragedy, just watch the news. If you want to remind yourself of SPECIFIC pain or tragedy, find an old newspaper, or go to the library. And if you need documentation on what the event was like (which I can only assume is because you are reading this review many years in the future, or you are suffering from amnesia) then you can find it completely for free on the internet.
If you feel the need to express your patriotism (or just compassion for human beings), then there are better ways to do it. I know this probably isn't a helpful review, but I had to get this off my chest.
The soundtrack is clanking metal, fireman's locator signals, blowing papers, and desperate digging. The cameraman thoroughly covered the area- from the Financial center to the perimeters of Ground Zero. Perhaps a decade from now, its frames will be carefully examined for more evidence and understanding about this awful event. With all the hype and music stripped away, this reminds us of the core of it all, Ground Zero when it was Ground Zero. Let us never forget.
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